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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines environment, as it relates to health, as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviors. ”Environmental health consists of preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.

As we approach Earth Day, it seems like a good time to look at how our health is affected by the environment.

Flickr user Alan O'Rourke (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Have you ever struggled through a stressful week where tight deadlines made you grouchy, disagreements with family produced anxiety, and the number of bills in the mailbox made you blue? Then, Saturday finally arrives...and so does a big canker sore on the inside of your cheek. Could these events be connected?

Certainly, the Mayo Clinic states that emotional stress can be one of the causes of these mouth ulcers. Stress is also listed as a contributing factor to cold sores and acne. But can your mood cause health problems that are more serious?

Flickr user Carlos Reusser Monsalvez (https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/)

As the seasons change, and the daily temperatures fluctuate wildly, we often hear the weather blamed for illness. But does going from warm to cold and back again actually have anything to do with whether we get sick?

The answer is...well, maybe.

While scientists have long insisted that it is a virus that makes you sick, not the weather, several recent studies have found that the weather might help that virus get a foothold.

Flickr user The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (https://www.usa.gov/government-works)

"In January, people do crazy, desperate things to get thin fast," says Dr. Linda Bacon, a nutrition professor at the City College of San Francisco, California. Experts recommend starting with small changes to your diet. Maybe now would be a good time to try that.

Today is the last day of National Nutrition Month.

Flickr user Jonathan Kriz (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Sir Walter Scott wrote, “I have sometimes thought of the final cause of dogs having such short lives and I am quite satisfied it is in compassion to the human race; for if we suffer so much in losing a dog after an acquaintance of ten or twelve years, what would it be if they were to live double that time?” I think most dog owners would agree with this statement.

Today is National Puppy Day.

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